Tour a prized opportunity

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LAST year’s Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner will perform in Invercargill on Saturday.
Korean-Australian violinist Suyeon Kang (27) won the biennial competition for emerging young violinists, along with the audience prize.
The Chamber New Zealand tour was one of the prizes and will take Kang to 11 centres throughout the country, accompanied by New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge.
Kang has been based in Germany for about 10 years and is finishing a degree at the Hanns Eisler School of Music, in Berlin.
She said it would be an honour to play in New Zealand again and had a nice programme prepared for the tour.
The evening would begin with a Stravinsky composition, Suite Italienne, from the ballet Pulcinella.
That would be followed by a modern piece by New Zealand composer Kenneth Young, Gone, which was the compulsory work entrants had to perform in the competition, she said.
‘‘It’s nice to come back to that.’’
The final work in the first half was a ‘‘very beautiful work’’ by Jewish composer Bloch, called Baal Shem.
The second half of the programme would begin with Schubert’s Sonatina in G minor.
Kang said she found the sonatinas were rarely played, so was looking forward to performing the work.
The evening would finish with Bartok’s Sonata No 1. At about 40 minutes long, Kang described it as a ‘‘monster piece’’.
‘‘That’s going to be quite a killer, but it’s getting there,’’ she laughed.
As part of Kang’s prize she has been given Sir Michael Hill’s 1775 Guadagnini violin to use during the tour.
However, after the competition last year, Kang said she was also loaned a Storioni violin.
‘‘I thought it was a pity not to play that one as well, so I decided to… mix both violins into the recital programme.’’
It would be interesting for the audience to hear the difference between the two instruments, she said.
Both 18th century Italian violins had a lot of history, she said.
‘‘It’s wonderful. You can hear how many colours they have and the resonance of the instruments. It’s something you don’t really find all the time.’’
Í Suyeon Kang and Stephen De Pledge, Civic Theatre, Invercargill, Saturday, 7.30pm. Tickets from TicketDirect.
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